Howdy! Anyone for a game of Texas-style scarecrow golf?

Ron Hetherington and John Taylor with the Texas Scramble golf challenge 'scarecrow' trophy - it is all to play for!

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Tee-off tattybogle fun will be part of this year’s scarecrow festival on Seil.

Teams of three are being invited to sign up for a Texas Scramble format-challenge at the island’s golf course on Tuesday July 26 from 6pm.

The fee is £10 per player which the golf cub will be donating to Seil Island Hall Development Fund.

Forms can be picked up either from Balvicar Stores or by calling organiser John Taylor on 01852 300320 for more information.

The winning team can also look forward to being presented with a special golf-playing scarecrow trophy made out of Seil slate by Ron Hetherington.

Islanders are starting work on scarecrow ideas of their own in time for the festival that starts on July 23.

It will cost just £1 to enter a scarecrow and in return, the maker will get an official number badge listing them on the trial for visitors to come and enjoy – the £1 also draws a ticket for the grand raffle.

Seil’s first scarecrow festival raised thousands of pounds for the island hall development fund – boosted even more by a generous £4,000 donation as a thanks for all the fun from an American family who had visited.

A taste of what is to come for this year’s programme  includes a quiz night at the Oyster bar in Ellenabeich on the first Friday night, cinema screenings in Seil Hall for youngsters and adults, a thanksgiving church service on Sunday July 25 and a pop-up cafe, also in the hall, throughout the whole week from 10am to 4pm.

Plans are also being made to bring back the popular heritage and nature tours; craft and story-telling sessions will be featured; there will be a five-a-side challenge for pub teams, gents and ladies on the first Sunday and, on the final Saturday of the festival, there will be a Highland fair with stalls, a tug-of-war, lots of other activities and a dog show.

As well as scarecrows scattered around Seil, a home-grown brass band will also be popping up at random locations during the week for extra entertainment.

Caption: Ron Hetherington and John Taylor with the Texas Scramble golf challenge ‘scarecrow’ trophy – it is all to play for!
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